Below is a short but nicely reasoned article on the reliability of the canonical gospels by Brian Colon.   Evidence for the Reliability of the Gospels Brian Colón 10/20/2010 When assessing the truth claims of the Gospel narratives, the first question that usually arises is the question of the burden of proof.  In other words, […]

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The sixth class in our program leading toward a certificate in Christian Apologetics Apologetics and the Miracles of Jesus  Notes: Apologetics and the Miracles of Jesus    Power Point: Apologetics and the Miracles of Jesus 3.71 Mb Apologetics and the Miracles of Jesus Saturday Feb. 20, 2010 Instructors:  Foster Stanback and John Oakes, PhD Location:  Mission […]

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In view of the season, I though I would post this recent question about the Jewish Messiah as an article for your encouragement.   J. O. Question: I’m very confused regarding a Jewish objection to Jesus as the Messiah which goes like this: "The Bible says that the Messiah would be of the tribe of Judah […]

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Reasons For Belief:  A class taught by John Oakes, PhD at Harvard University 10/16/2009.  The subject is reasons to believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God. See EFC store for the recording   Reasons For Belief Harvard 2.76 Mb   The Bible: From God or Man? Delos B. McKown:             "Christianity is scientifically unsupported and […]

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Debate Review  Jesus: Man, Myth or Messiah?     A debate on the question "Jesus: Man, Myth or Messiah?’ was put on by the Apologetics Research Society (ARS) as part of its International Christian Evidences Conference June 13 at the Morris Culture Center, Houston Baptist University in Houston Texas.  Over three hundred were in attendance.  Arguing […]

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Responding to Competing Pictures of Jesus  by Dr. Robert Kurka.  Presented at the International Christian Evidence Conference 6/13/2009   2009 International Apologetics Conference                    Dr. Robert C. Kurka Houston, TX                                                  Professor of Theology and Church in Culture June 12-13, 2009                                                       Lincoln Christian Seminary                                                                                                 rkurka@lccs.edu                         "Responding to Competing Pictures of Jesus"   According to […]

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  Scientific Materialism/Naturalism an article by John Oakes, PhD Apologetics and the Christian World View Part II Scientific Materialism/Naturalism In the previous essay we looked at why people ought to think carefully about their view of the world, and at the importance of forming and holding to a consistent world view.  We have considered a […]

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The Miracles Jesus Did Not Do   Note: This is a chapter in an upcoming book by David Eastman and John Oakes on Miracles, to be published by Illumination Publishers, International in late 2007 or early 2008.   It is a truism that you learn almost as much about a person by what they do […]

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The Ultimate Miracle [Note: this is a chapter on the resurrection taken from the book Reasons for Belief by John M. Oakes Illumination Publishers, International  www.ipibooks.com] In the previous chapter we looked at the miracles that Jesus performed, examined evidence that Jesus really did work these miracles and considered what they imply about the miracle-worker […]

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The Resurrection of Jesus An Outline   Q:  Is it logical to believe that Jesus was raided from the dead?   Q:  Why is this important?             1. If Jesus was in fact raised from the dead, this validates all his claims.  If not?..             2. It explains a lot                    The changed […]

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Did Josephus Refer to Jesus? [IMAGE] Note:  This article is copyrighted and is by Christopher Rice.  It is found at http://www.bede.org.uk/Josephus.htm A Thorough Review of the Testimonium Flavianum By Christopher Price The most important extra-biblical references to Jesus are found in the writings of Josephus. Although some have questioned the authenticity of the passages, modern […]

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The Resurrection of Jesus An Outline   Q:  Is it logical to believe that Jesus was raised from the dead?   Q:  Why is this important?             1. If Jesus was in fact raised from the dead, this validates all his claims.  If not?..             2. It explains a lot                    The changed […]

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For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.   Matthew 12:40 2 Prefigures of the Messiah When Jonah spent three days and nights miraculously preserved within a huge fish; […]

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Outline for From Shadow to Reality   OT Theme:  The Messiah is coming   NT Theme:  The Messiah is here   Jesus is priest, prophet and king.  Jesus brings together the entire OT. Jesus says:  Everything must be fulfilled that was written about me Luke 24:44 These are the scriptures that testify about me.  Jn […]

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   Power Point: Reflections on the Movie "The Passion of the Christ" 1.82 Mb Notes to accompany "Reflections on the Passion of the Christ."   Many have been shocked by the movie, The Passion of the Christ.             Not the kind of movie to see many times.   Not bringing in popcorn.   Rev 13:8   […]

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  Power Point: From Shadow to Reality 237.50 Kb   Outline for From Shadow to Reality   OT Theme:  The Messiah is coming   NT Theme:  The Messiah is here   Jesus is priest, prophet and king.  Jesus brings together the entire OT. Jesus says:  Everything must be fulfilled that was written about me Luke 24:44 […]

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Simon Greenleaf, a Harvard Law Professor wrote: "All that Christianity asks of men?is, that they would be consistent with themselves, that they would treat its evidences as they treat the evidence of other things; and that they would try and judge its actors and witnesses, as they deal with their fellow men, when testifying to […]

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Purpose:? To help those who are either skeptical or lack sufficient faith to move past some point in their Bible study. ? John 5:39,40?? Question:? What is Jesus claiming here???? He is claiming that the Old ?Testament, written hundreds of years before he was born, was written ?about him!? Imagine the implications of this claim. […]

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Let us consider the ultimate miracle?the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Now, wait a minute.? Did Jesus do this miracle?? Did he raise himself from the dead, or did the Father raise his son from the dead?? We will let the theologians work out this question because it really does not matter who […]

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What evidence did Jesus point to in order to support the claims he made about himself? The answer is that Jesus backed up his claims about himself by pointing to the miracles he worked. ?Don?t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to […]

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We will begin with a scenario.? Imagine for a moment that you are having an informal conversation with a close friend you have known for some time.? Your friend?s name is Bill.? In the course of the conversation, Bill tells you that he has the ability to raise people from the dead.? How would you […]

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